Who stood out?
Redshirt senior guard Paris Kea and junior guard Taylor Koenen were two bright spots for UNC.
Koenen recorded a double-double for the Tar Heels with 21 points and 11 rebounds, shooting 3-5 from deep — the best rate for any Tar Heel in the game. Koenen was a leader on the court throughout the entire afternoon, playing all 40 minutes.
Kea led the team in scoring with 22 points on 61.5 percent shooting as she took a page out of Koenen’s playbook and played 35 minutes.
Junior guard Tiana Mangakahia had a phenomenal game for Syracuse. With a triple-double consisting of 34 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to go with just two turnovers, Mangakahia was an absolute standout.
When was it decided?
Midway through the second quarter, the Orange went on a 15-2 run that brought the score to 54-32 as North Carolina faced a 22-point deficit.
Syracuse lengthened out its lead in that quarter and the Tar Heels had trouble digging themselves out of that hole the rest of the way. From that point on, North Carolina never got within seven points of Syracuse.
Why does it matter?
After a brutal start to ACC play in which the Tar Heels lost a nail-biter to No. 22 Florida State and held their own against No. 2 Louisville, UNC had a chance to get its first conference win against a solid Syracuse squad.
North Carolina is now 1-6 against Syracuse since the Orange joined the ACC for the 2013-2014 season and they remain winless on the road against Syracuse.
When do they play next?
The Tar Heels return to Carmichael Arena at 7 p.m. on Jan. 17 to continue their ACC play against Wake Forest (9-7, 0-3 ACC). Both teams are looking to get their first conference win of the season.
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